"This is the center of the American design industry," Adam Lippes replied when asked why he'd decided to bring his latest show to the Bryant Park tents now, in this season of discontent. "It felt like the right time to be here."

Lippes also thought the time was right for bright, upbeat shots of primary color—and he didn't hold back. Inspired by an exhibit of Japanese photography at Boston's Peabody Museum, he interpreted images of samurai warriors and Mount Fuji into sunny, wearable separates (many bedecked with layers of sequins) for a fun-loving girl.

ADAM does a brisk business in outerwear, and the oversize felted wool blazers and realistic faux-fur jackets were just the sort of attractively priced basics that recession-weary shoppers could be convinced to shell out for come autumn. With the recent opening of a second boutique, this one in his native Buffalo, N.Y., Lippes appears poised to become a torchbearer for a new generation in American sportswear.